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LG Phoenix 2 on AT&T is getting Nougat update

AT&T has recently started pushing out a new update to LG Phoenix 2 units on its network. Arriving as build number NRD90U and weighing in at around 1.4GB, the update brings Android Nougat (version 7.0). Aside from the new OS version, the update also includes Android security fixes for the month of April. Some other changes are included as well - Firefox Browser app has been introduced and AT&T Address Book has been removed. Source | Via

Android Pay now available in Russia

As expected, Google has launched its mobile payments service Android Pay in Russia, making it the 11th country where the service is now available. Devices running Android 4.4 or higher are supported. "Thousands of organizations in Russia already support Android Pay, including such popular ones as Magnit, Perekrestok, Starbucks, KFC and Rosneft, and their list will continue to grow," the company said (translated) in a blog post. The post further noted that purchases under RUB 1,000 (around $17) will automatically wake your phone's screen. As for supported banks, the list currently...

Moto G5S leaks in three colors and a full-metal body

Motorola has been working hard on releasing a slew of new devices this year. The Moto Z2 and Moto Z2 Play have been getting a lot of attention as their announcement time of the early-summer inches closer. Today, Android Authority reports of some images obtained from a trusted source. These images depict the Moto G5S in three different colors: gray, gold, and dark blue. These phones look very similar to the Moto G5 except that the G5S would be built with a full-metal body as opposed to the Moto G5's combination of an aluminum back plate surrounded by plastic. Also new to the G5S is the...

Verizon tests prototype 5G tech with Ericsson

Ever since Verizon started offering unlimited LTE data on its network again, it seems like a fire has been ignited under the company. Aside from spending massive amounts of money on new wireless spectrum, Verizon has also been testing its 5G technology for both mobile and stationary use. Verizon has teamed up with Sweden-based company Ericsson to develop a new 5G infrastructure for the masses. A 5G antenna was mounted to a race car and the throughputs were constantly monitored to around 5+ Gbps speeds with the lower speeds of around 1+ Gbps. Peak download speeds were 6Gbps They even...

T-Mobile's Galaxy Note5 is receiving the May security update

T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 is now receiving a new software update. This brings with it the latest security patches, both from Google and from Samsung. Thus, after you apply this version, you'll be on the May 1, 2017 Android security patch level. Previously, the Note5 was on the March 1 level, so this is a welcome change. The update arrives over-the-air as you'd expect, and it's a 209MB download. Even with it installed, you're still running Android 7.0 Nougat - no 7.1 here. Samsung's build number for the update is N920TUVU4EQE1. As always, such an update may take...

Life is easier on iPhone, Apple tells Android users looking to switch

Like all big wars, the iOS vs. Android fight has always had defectors. It's just the way of the world - some people simply aren't as loyal to a mobile platform as fanboys think they should be. So there are humans out there who switch from iOS to Android, and vice versa. As you'd expect, Apple is happy to cater to the latter category. In fact, it's got a whole page on its website dedicated to luring Android users to its mobile operating system and iPhones. It's called Switch and it's received a big revamp today. The new site tells Android users that "Life is easier on iPhone", and provides...

OnePlus 5 may have four color versions, teaser reveals

Not content with just making waves today regarding the presence of a 3.5mm headset jack (or lack thereof) on its next phone, OnePlus has seemingly outed another teaser. This time around things aren't as cryptic, but that doesn't mean this teaser is (very) straightforward. What 5hould the color of your next phone be? 😉 pic.twitter.com/5FevP1VSq5— OnePlus (@oneplus) May 22, 2017 Using the number "5" instead of the letter "s" can be thought of as a dead giveaway revealing that this is all about the much-hyped OnePlus 5. So you can take this two ways - either the Chinese company...

AT&T will release the Samsung Gear S3 classic LTE on May 26

Once exclusive to a particular carrier in Samsung's home of South Korea, the Gear S3 classic LTE is now very close to officially launching in the US. The company has already revealed that this model of its latest smartwatch is headed to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. And now the first of those carriers has outed its release details. AT&T will start selling the Gear S3 classic LTE this Friday, on May 26. You'll be able to purchase one for $249.99 if you sign a new two-year contract with the carrier. Alternatively, the watch can be yours for $17.50 per month if you opt for a 20-month...

Nest will reportedly out a 4K Wi-Fi camera

While Nest was once among the pioneers in the Wi-Fi camera for the home space, this market is now incredibly crowded, with literally dozens of different offerings competing for your hard earned cash. So the Alphabet subsidiary is currently working on one-upping its competitors, with a new product coming out soon. This is still just a rumor, but one with a reported 'confidence level' of 10 out of 10. So there's a big chance this device is in fact on the way. The new Nest Wi-Fi camera will have a 4K-capable sensor, but won't actually record in that resolution. Instead, it will zoom into a...

Nike launches new Apple Watch bands that go with your running shoes

Following the introduction of a limited edition NikeLab Apple Watch last month, today Nike has unveiled four new bands for the wearable. The twist here is that these are made to perfectly go with your sneakers, specifically the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" collection. The colorways for the new bands are all matching the options available for that sneaker collection, as you can see in the image above. This allows you to "make a statement" apparently. Nike says each of these four colors is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk. All of the new bands are made...

Xiaomi Mi 6 Ceramic Edition finally goes on sale tomorrow, priced at $435

Xiaomi's Mi 6 has been on sale in China for a while now, but we're only talking about the 'normal' model with the glass-clad back. A Ceramic Edition Mi 6 was also announced, however, and if you're interested in that you'll be pleased to find out that it's almost available. It will in fact be released tomorrow through Xiaomi's Chinese online store. In order to get one, you'll need to part with no less than CNY 2,999 (that's approximately $435 or €387 at the current exchange rates). So what do you get for that money? First off, a ceramic back as you'd expect. Second: 18-karat gold...

Samsung offers its own BOGO deal for the Galaxy S8 when you activate a T-Mobile line

Earlier this month, T-Mobile started offering a Buy One, Get One free (BOGO) deal on the Samsung Galaxy S8. That, however, involved you waiting to receive a prepaid debit card in the mail, which contained the amount you had initially paid for one of the phones. Now Samsung itself is upping this game. The company's official US online store has a BOGO deal of its own, and this one is slightly more interesting in that your original method of purchase will simply be refunded - no bill credits or prepaid cards to be sent in the mail, nothing like that. So here's what you need to do. Go...

Samsung to show a 9.1-inch stretchable OLED panel tomorrow

Yes, we're still waiting for the much-hyped, much-rumored, and much-anticipated bendable displays to make an appearance inside mobile devices. Not panels bent in the factory, mind you, those are already pretty much everywhere thanks to Samsung's Galaxy S line. We're talking about screens you can bend yourself. That might still be a pipe dream, but Samsung's display making arm wants to go one step further at Display Week 2017 tomorrow. The company will showcase what it calls a stretchable 9.1-inch OLED panel. So what's that about? Well, according to a Samsung spokesperson, "while current...

Moto G5 Plus preview: A closer look

Last month we took a look at the Moto G5, one of the two Moto G models released this year. What we saw left us a bit unimpressed; while it was definitely a budget phone, it lacked the level of performance and no-compromise experience that the brand stood for. Today we have with us the Moto G5 Plus, evidently the more premium model. The Plus makes fewer cutbacks across the board, by having a superior set of hardware and build quality.

Redmi 4 to go on sale in India tomorrow at noon

We announced last week that the Xiaomi Redmi 4 will be going on sale in India. The phone is set to go on sale exclusively on Amazon India, and will be available starting 12 noon. The phone will be available in two variants, the 2GB/16GB model for INR 6,999 ($109) and 3GB/32GB model for INR 8,999 ($139). The 4/64GB model will be available towards the end of June. Customers will also get 45GB of 4G data for 5 months on Vodafone on buying a 1GB or greater data pack. YES Bank customers will get INR 500 cash back upon purchase with a YES Bank credit or debit card. Additional offers...

Samsung G9298 flip phone gets certified by the FCC and Wi-Fi Alliance

Believe it or not, Samsung still makes flip phones. Not only that, but they are actually flip smartphones. Oh, and the company has maintained not one but two different lines of such devices over the past few years, offering them in specific Asian markets only. One of those lines comprises the Wxxxx handsets, the latest of which is the W2017 announced in November of last year. But there have also been Gxxxx flip phones manufactured by the company. We're talking about the G9098 from 2014, and its successor, the G9198 from 2015. After not releasing a new G-series clamshell last year,...

LG announces X venture - rugged phone with QuickButton

LG has just announced the X venture - its second X line smartphone for 2017. The LG X venture is made to resist the elements thanks to IP68 water and dust protection, and 14 MIL-STD 810G certification for extreme temperatures, shock and water as well as multiple immersions up to 1.5 meters deep. LG X venture official photo The X venture is built around a Snapdragon 435 chipset with 2GB of RAM, a 5.2" LCD of 1920 x 1080px resolution and runs Android 7.0 Nougat. There are 32GB of on-board storage, expandable through a microSD card slot. There's a plentiful 4,100mAh battery that LG...

The United States is the top VR market in Q1 2017

The VR world keeps expanding and United States is the main driver behind it. Customers there got 40% of all VR headsets shipped in the January-March quarter of 2017. Second is Japan with 14% or 81,000 VR units, with 9 out of 10 headsets being the PlayStation VR. The third most developed market for Virtual Reality headsets is China. 11% of all VR sets go to the Chinese market. HTC is an undisputable leader there with 15,000 shipped Vives or about a quarter of the whole market. Japan managed to jump in second due to heavy demand for Sony's in-house VR headset. According to Canalys...

Nokia 9 benchmarked: Snapdragon 835 goes for the top

The Nokia 9 could be pricey, but it could be worth it too. It took its Snapdragon 835 chipset to run on the Geekbench 3 track (yes, an old version of the benchmark), where it caught up to certain other flagships. The benchmark didn't find anything unexpected - S835 chipset with 4GB of RAM running Android 7.1. The device is listed as "HMD Global TA-1004", a name to look out for in future leaks. Anyway, here's how the Nokia 9 stacks up against current flagships - powered by Snapdragon 835 or other chipsets. The near-pure Android install is probably what helped it score those few extra...